Brunch a la All Bar One

Last weekend whilst Bob was away, I decided to have a girls day with my mum and took her out to enjoy a mooch around York and go for brunch at All Bar One. I absolutely adore brunch anyway and wish I could create some of the meals myself at home but I’m just plain lazy if I’m honest.

After a trip to the banks and a wander round the shops, we stopped at All Bar One on New Street, York around midday and were pleasantly surprised by how quiet it was so we got our pick of the tables.

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We started with a round of cappuccino’s which game in huge cups and a shot glass of smarties on the side. This was a huge bonus as mum and I both love smarties so we thought it was a nice touch.

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After powering our way through these, we placed our orders for our meals. I chose the Boost Breakfast and mum; the Eggs Benedict.

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The Boost breakfast is 2 large pieces of bread with a thin spread of hummus on top. They then have grilled tomato and mushrooms, avocado and a poached egg on top. There was also a sweet chilli dipping sauce on the side which was perfect for the side of spinach and potatoes I ordered for us to share as well.

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The Eggs Benedict was egg over smoked salmon on top of a crumpet with hollandaise sauce over the top. There was also a little pot of granola next to it.

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Both of the meals and side were super tasty but very filling so next time I think I wouldn’t order the side as well. The only criticism we had is that the eggs Benedict said it came with ham but instead it had salmon on it. My mum isn’t the biggest fan of salmon in general but she was pleasantly surprised by how this tasted and did enjoy eating it.

Overall we were really happy with our selections and the meals were scrumptious and fueled us for a bit more shopping. The service was very quick and efficient  throughout which was great as it did start to get busier whilst we were there.

We will definitely go back in the future since we had such a pleasant first brunch experience here and I would thoroughly recommend visiting one near you if you haven’t already.

Laura x

*In exchange for an open and honest review, I was sent a voucher to treat myself and a friend to brunch. No other payment has been received*

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World Heart Day with a little help from Herbalife

Yes that’s right its World Heart Day meaning we should stop and take a day to appreciate and look after that organ that helps us all to live our lives.

I won’t spend this blog post preaching at your as I am no Saint when it comes to looking after my heart, but want to share some top tips, heart friendly foods and products with you to hopefully us all look after our hearts that bit more.

Not only is it World Heart Day, but it’s also the day that Herbalife Nutrition launch their new Beta Heart product. A Vanilla flavoured powder that contains the ingredient OatWell oat beta-glucan. This has been shown to reduce/maintain blood cholesterol hopefully lowering the risk of heart disease in some people. It’s recommended to take 1 or 2 scoops per day mixed with water, fruit juice or added to a formula 1 shake.

This is Herbalife’s commitments to inspire communities around the world to live healthy active lifestyles and they will also be launching new formulations of a couple of their existing products which will promote a healthier heart as well.

If you don’t know about Herbalife already (I’ll admit I had limited knowledge before now) they are a global nutrition company that has over 8000 employees worldwide. They provide nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products which are exclusively available to and through dedicated Herbalife members in over 90 countries.

I was excited to receive my healthy heart box in the post last week containg the Beta Heart product, a sundae/shake glass, a huge bag of oats, bag of dates and a cute red and white straw.

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The box was sent to me to whip up a delicious breakfast or shake of my own using the newest addition from herbalife and I was definitely excited.

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I decided to whip up a huge bowl of porridge as per the instructions on the bag and added a scoop of the Beta Heart in before microwaving. I’m not a huge shake person generally so trying to create something yummy like that would be a bit out of my comfort zone hence why the porridge instead. Once made I put a little dollop of Nutella on the top to melt in (I know that’s not so healthy) but it made it a little sweeter as porridge after a while can be a little dull to enjoy.

The porridge was yummy and at no point did I taste anything powdery or feel like I was eating a health product. I loved the porridge oats and the Beta Heart smelt lovely as well before adding it in.

Now you’ve seen my creation it’s time to share some tips on this; World Heart Day!

Things you can do to look after your heart..

Fuel your heart – try not to eat too many processed foods, cut down on sugary beverages, swap sweets for fruit, make your own lunches, eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day at least and do not drink in excess a lot.

Move you heart – aim for 5x30minutes of activity a week, download an exercise app to track your progress, remember even housework counts towards staying active.

Love your heart – stop smoking! Easier said than done I’m sure but it has huge benefits to your heart and life.

Not sure what foods to eat than can help lower cholesterol?

How about Soya? it’s low in saturated fats and definitely helps lower cholesterol. I use soya or almond milk now as I can’t have dairy and I feel better for it.

Nuts are rich in protein, fibre, unsaturated fats and vitamin E giving you huge overall benefits for your whole body.

Oats & Barley are always good options in order to have a healthy diet.

Fruit and Veg: need i say more?

So to round up this post I can safely say I want to look after myself more. Now we have our own house and are in charge of buying our own food, it’s easier to look after our diets and manage what we do and don’t have in the cupboards. I won’t lie, we still have a fantastic snack cupboard full of treats but they don’t get eaten through the week and it is always a treat if we do have one. My fiance’s family have had a history of heart related issues so this day is definitely one that’s important to us both.

If you have any other healthy heart tips, then feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

*This has been a collaborative post with Herbalife Nutrition but no payment has been received*

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Why I love a Paraben-free Shampoo

For several years now, I have suffered with itchy scalp syndrome. I don’t know what triggers it or whether it’s genuinely something medical but I always get an itchy scalp and find it a little flaky and rather ugly-looking.

I’ve tried and tested what seems like hundreds of shampoos now and finally moved onto paraben free options. When I got the opportunity to test and review one of the shampoos, naturally I jumped at the chance.

They recently launched their Brave Botanicals range so I decided to review the Lavender & Jasmine Body & bounce shampoo to try to give my hair a much-needed boost and see if this paraben free option finally settled my scalp.

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As soon as it arrived in the post, I started putting it to the test washing my hair every couple of days and using my normal everyday conditioner alongside it. The shampoo is clear in colour and lathers up really nicely when water is applied.

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After a couple of uses I definitely say a reduction in my flaky scalp, it didn’t disappear and there was still some itchiness but it wasn’t as severe as usual. However after a couple of weeks it started to come back which could just be my scalp getting used to the shampoo too much which does tend to happen to me.

My hair was definitely a lot bouncier and had a lot more body. It’s pretty frizzy/wavy anyway which you think means I don’t need more body but surprisingly, it can look really flat and lacklustre a lot of the time.

Faith in nature use lots of natural ingredients in their shampoos and have an incredible range as well. Not only do they offer amazing shampoos, they also offer other hair care, body care, skin care, body care, home care and even pet care. It’s on my list to try out some of their skin care next as I think the fact that they are SLS and Paraben free will give my skin the much-needed boost it deserves.

Overall I am really impressed with the brand and can’t wait to buy some more of their lovely free from products. It’s difficult to know what you should and shouldn’t avoid when it comes to extensive lists of ingredients but this has given me the knowledge to start targeting my skin and scalp problems a lot more and hopefully give me the results going forward as well.

Let me know in the comments if you have tried anything Paraben free before and if you have any recommendations for me that would be fab.

Laura x

*This shampoo was sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, as always my thoughts are my own*

 

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